Must have software for ibook?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by galstaph, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. galstaph macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    I just placed my order for my new ibook :D , now I need software to fill it.
    Any recommendations above the software given by apple?
    I'm using it for school (finishing my BA then going into law), maybe a small game or two?
    Any thoughts?
  2. Josh2022 macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2005
    Open Office is a Must, Or Microsoft office for Mac, but I refuse to use anything Microsoft related, Open Office does just as good of a job, if not better.
  3. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    You should always test run your new machine AS SHIPPED before
    adding anything, just in case.

    Once you are sure everything is working O.K.

    You'll be pleasantly surprised how many truly useful applications are already included in your applications folder.

    AppleWorks is fine for most text document needs
    and you can always copy paste the content to an e-mail.
    You can also use Text Edit for simple documents.

    Open your System Preferences from the dock. {Square with the Apple
    and the switch}

    This is your control panel for all your personal tweaks.
    Network Settings, Appearance Settings, Mouse and KB settings
    and so on.

    Once there open your Energy Saver prefs and set your sleep setting to NEVER. You don't want your system to got to sleep while you're installing
    any OS software.

    Then once you're online, open Software Update and download and install any current OS updates and patches.

    EVERY time you install software, you should open your disk utility
    and "repair permissions" after you log back on.

    Utilities are located in your Applications folder.

    Mac Starters Guide has lots of recommendations.

    My essentials basics are mostly available through Versiontracker

    Lil Snitch personal firewall.
    Adium Instant Messenger client.
    Pixel Tester 2.1
    Stuffit Delux
    File Buddy
    Temperature Monitor
    Real Player
    Carbon Copy Cloner
    KDX Client
    Open Office

    Optional Purchase Items

    Microsoft Office
    Toast Titanium
    PGP Desktop
    FileMaker Pro
    Adobe Acrobat Pro

    MacGames is good for Game reviews.

    Oh and you can trash IE completely! :D

    I'm sure others will have some other recommendations, but this is all that comes to mind at the moment.

  4. Lazyhound macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2005
    NeoOffice/J is a better OS X port of OpenOffice (Word for Mac isn't too bad, though). Also, QuickSilver.
  5. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    Obviously I don't know what your needs are but this is what I've got that's useful. Big expensive stuff first.

    1. Office 2004 - given this by a Microsoft employee as a gift.
    2. Photoshop CS - Elements a good alternative?
    3. Virtual PC - came with office
    4. Corel Painter - got it cheap
    5. OmniOutliner - came free with powerbook.
    6. Rapidweaver - truly excellent quick website tool.
    7. Transmit - best FTP client
    8. TextWrangler - free!!!
    9. Xcode and the developer tools - free!

    Ironically the most important apps to me (the one's I use nearly every day) were the cheapest - namely the developer tools and TextWrangler. The really expensive apps I use rarely but are a real god send when I do. Anyone that tells you that OpenOffice is better than MS Office is deluding themselves. It's a lot cheaper and if that's your principal driver then by all means go ahead. But openoffice reminds me more of a windows app than MS Office does. It's awful and ugly.

    Of the stuff I've actually paid for Transmit and Rapidweaver were the best value.

    If you've got a supported bluetooth cellphone I'd recommend heading over to to get GPRS scripts for it. I can use my T610 as a GPRS modem and send an receive SMS messages using it and address book.
  6. yenko macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2005
    Go to Apple's on line store and check out the software. They even have reviews/opinions from people who use the stuff.

    It's a start. :p
  7. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    Damn. Forgot that one.

    Don't mess with OS 9...for there in madness dwells....
  8. 20rogersc macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2005
    Brighton, UK
    Depending on what you want, AbiWord is a great word-processer, better than the one which is part of OpenOffice/NeoOfficeJ.

    Desktop Manager is surprisingly useful, as this makes the screen a lot less cluttered.

    Coconut Battery is useful if you want to check your battery's well-being.

    Also have a search around the forums for other threads, like What cool little OS X apps do you use? and The "Official" Must Have Free Apps/tools Thread .

  9. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    There have been numerous threads on this but I will chime in:

    VLC-media player
    Handbrake-DVD to MPEG/AVI converter
    OneButton FTP
  10. godbout macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2005
    Montreal, Canada
    Even thought there are many threds on the topic O feel compeled to add as well! I am going to say that the most important applications that I use are:

    Fink + fink commander
    (with these you have the world of *nix open to you)
    also MS Office for mac is much better than open office (until we get Oo2!!!Yeah!)
    I will also state adium for chating alongside iChat
    LaTex is awesome for writing papers (try TexShop)
    Firefox (many of the others that people mentioned will not be said again)
    There are just so many!!!

    hope this helps, the other apps that i use are a little more specific to what I do (phys chem) so I doubt they would help
  11. moonislune macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2005

    Mozilla (for those times when web pages won't work with Safari) - and the suite comes with a nice WYSIWYG html editor. Oh, and it's free.

    And Quicken 05 is nice for keeping track of all that $$$ we spend on macs.
  12. opusthe2nd macrumors 6502


    Sep 5, 2005
    Oh...ands its a hog. *;o)
  13. moonislune macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2005
    Got a better suggestion for a free WYSIWYG?

    I've looked into NVu. It's pretty much a hog too. Any other ideas?
  14. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    SubEthaEdit is the best HTML editor + previewer there is. Period. (IMHO of course :p)
  15. opusthe2nd macrumors 6502


    Sep 5, 2005
    Naw....I think VI is the best HTML editor. But thats my opinion too.
  16. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I'm a future lawyer as well, although I still have another 2 1/2 years to go on my BA.

    Anyway, I'll echo what a few other people have said: you definitely need firefox and VLC media player. These programs are great.

    I don't know if you have an ipod already, but iPodRip will transfer your itunes library from your old computer to your new one. As for games, Sim City and games of that sort are always fun. Also, 3D Desktop Aquarium is a great screensaver that will impress anyone at the Student Union, the local coffee shop, or anywhere else you may take your mac.

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